Simple Definition of linchpin
: a person or thing that holds something together : the most important part of a complex situation or system
Full Definition of linchpin
1 : a locking pin inserted crosswise (as through the end of an axle or shaft)
2 : one that serves to hold together parts or elements that exist or function as a unit <the linchpin in the defense's case>
Examples of linchpin
This witness is the linchpin of the defense's case.
Variants of linchpin
Origin of linchpin
Middle English lynspin, from lyns linchpin (from Old English lynis) + pin; akin to Middle High German luns linchpin
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with linchpin
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